Archive for August, 2013

Errol on the Courts

11 Aug

Wherever he played, Errol was quite talented on the courts and popular in the clubs. Here are some photos of him at some of his favorite courts, with some of his fellow stars:

With Charlie Chaplin at the Los Angeles Tennis Club:

Charlie & Errol

With Paulette Goddard:

Paullette & Errol

With Silent Movie Star Charlie Farrell & Tennis Great Alice Marble (and I don’t know who on Errol’s left!)* at the Palm Springs Raquet Club, which Farrell and Ralph Bellamy founded:

Palm Springs

*Kay Shackleton – The Movie Gal – informed us on March 22, 2014 – that the man on Errol’s left is none less than Donald Budge! Budge may have been the greatest tennis player that ever lived.

— Gentleman Tim


Errol Flynn in the 50’s!

09 Aug

EF in the 50's

— David DeWitt


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Errol at the Hotel Del?

08 Aug

Hello All Flynn Fans & Experts,

In researching Errol’s history on Coronado Island, California, I have been able to positively document that he regularly visited the island with the Sirocco.  And, of course, he’s known to have filmed “Dive Bomber” there during 1941.  However, historical records appear to be devoid of any (off-the-set/”out-in-town”) photographs.  I believe, though, that I may have made a possible connection between the great photo below and the Hotel Del Coronado.  If so, this would be wonderful for San Diego & Coronado historians.  … Before making a final conclusion, however, I would like to inquire with all the experts, fans and insiders out there whether they might have any information or insight concerning the history and/or provenance of this terrific photo!?!  And, if it’s from another location, that, too, would be great to document!


Errol at the Pool


For the record, my initial belief is that this may have been taken in or around the Spring of ’41, while Errol was filming “Dive Bomber” on Coronado.

— Gentleman Tim


Errol and his Don Juan Tights!

06 Aug

A funny story printed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on December 26, 1947.



In additions, mentioning his perfect figure including all measurements! 


— Tina


Theodore Thomson Flynn: Not Just Errol’s Father

06 Aug

I’d like to share with you an engrossing radio podcast, first broadcast Saturday 3rd August across Australia on the ABC’s (Australian Broadcasting Commission) long running ‘Science Program’. You may think the topic of  Flynn wouldn’t be remotely scientific, but you’d be wrong. You see, the focus is mostly on Errol’s father TT Flynn. The programme titled “In With Flynn” , covers a few generations of Flynns starting with Errol’s grandfather in New South Wales … and it seems Errol wasn’t the first Flynn to have his wicked wicked ways … “Yes, Errol Flynn was a swashbuckling lothario, a 20th century film star of very mixed fame. But what about his dad? TT Flynn was a noted biologist in Hobart who looked at fossils, fish, Tasmanian Devils and much more. A new biography calls him ‘Not just Errol’s Father’ and details his considerable contributions to Australian science. But was he too ‘In like Flynn’?”

There are 2 segments – the first focusing on the recently refurbished TMAG (Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery) which incorporates the Maritime Museum once directed by Errol’s father TT. The second discussed a newly published book on TT, ‘Theodore Thomson Flynn: Not Just Errol’s Father’

An added bonus, there’s a nice little narration (taken from a doco on Flynn made in 2005 I believe) from Christopher Lee, who knew Errol and acted in 4 of his B Grade  European swashbucklers in the 50s.

Links to listen/download the programmes here:

New life for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery…


T.T. Flynn: Tasmania’s first professor of biology

Talking about the newly published book ‘Theodore Thomson Flynn: Not Just Errol’s Father’…

— Philip


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“Prime Minister Channels Errol”

06 Aug

Australian Prime Minister “Channels Errol”:…

— Gentleman Tim

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“Errol Flynn: On Broadway” – “Things You Never Knew About Ships”

04 Aug

Errol standing in for Walter Winchell.  “Things You Never Knew About Ships”  – published in the Summer of 1940, during the spectacularly popular (first) release of “Sea Hawk” – which was released a second time – again to great popularity – in 1947.  Errol references the movie several times in this article.  (Also interesting – in the separate article to the side –  Jimmie Fidler takes an apparent jab at Errol!)


“Never Before So Many Thrills … Never Such Adventure … The Robin Hood of the Sea”

Sea Hawk

— Gentleman Tim


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Playing Today: EF @ the EFF!!!

04 Aug

Right this moment at his very own Filmhouse – “Errol Rides Again” – with wonderful accounts of growing up a Flynn from Rory herself!  Thank you, Rory!!…

Errol at the Filmhouse

Robin hood lobby card



— Gentleman Tim

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The August 2013 Rock-itt Magazine!

04 Aug

Dear Rock-itt Readers:

The August edition of The Rock-itt is now online for your enjoyment. Just click on the link to go straight there.

The Rock-itt Magazine


Featuring: Hobart to Hollywood (about the Life and Times of Errol Flynn) and Movie Locations: Then & Now, by Robert Florczak!



— David DeWitt


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How I became a Flynn fan

03 Aug

I am glad to be invited as a new author to this blog. I apologize my not so good English language writing, but I have studied it only three years at school for forty years ago. During some ten years I have read quite many books in English and corresponded with quite many people. This helps me a little. – – In this first blog writing I want to tell something about how it started in my case – this interest in Errol Flynn and becoming a fan of his.

 I am Finnish and born in 1954 in Lappeenranta, a town in South Eastern part of Finland. Our family got the first TV in 1963. It meant that we started to watch many kind of programs. Among them were many serials and movies. I hadn´t heard about Errol Flynn before I first time saw some of his legendary films. This happened in 1971 when I was sixteen years old. Those films were The Sea Hawk, Captain Blood and Gentleman Jim. After these films Errol Flynn was one of the absolute top actors on my ranking list. The thing that especially made me a fan of his was his ability to use the sword. In two of these films were some remarkable sword duels and I admired the skills of Errol Flynn in using his sword. The most exciting was the one against Basil Rathbone in Captain Blood. In this film acted also the most charming young actress that I hadn´t seen ever before – Olivia de Havilland. She became my favourite, too.

 One thing that also mattered in my becoming an Errol Flynn fan must have been the fact that I first saw those two sea adventures among his many films. Sea was the element that I loved then and even more now. Well, I had never seen the sea in my entire life, but loved it anyway. It must have come from books that I had read in my childhood – books by Enid Blyton. The Famous Five had many adventures on or near the sea. They made a big impression on me. Those sea adventure films are still the greatest favourites of mine among all Errol Flynn films.

 During the seventies I only saw one more film of Errol Flynn and it was Dodge City. I became a believer in 1976 and lost all my interest in TV and movies. It lasted for a long time – almost 25 years. I bought my first satellite TV in 2000 and thus I could see TCM channel. And there I saw those favourite films of my youth. Among them were those wonderful Errol Flynn classics and many more. After those decades they aroused nostalgic feelings in me.

Errol Flynn ca 1940

— Juhani


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